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This is a bad argument for raising minimum wage

#1jejasinPosted 4/17/2013 10:22:59 PM
http://imgur.com/gallery/N6o1w

Just saw this on facebook.

A person would then conceivably realize that this is what nearly two million people in the United States do every day…at much harder jobs than turning a crank. This turns the piece into a simple, yet effective argument for raising the minimum wage.
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#2CyborgSage00x0Posted 4/17/2013 10:27:34 PM
It's not bad per se, but it's more trying to show that the value of minimum wage is arbitrary and completely within our scope to raise/change as we please.
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#3funkeepickPosted 4/17/2013 10:29:35 PM
Why is it bad? Because it's making a moral argument instead of a purely economic one?
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#4CC RicersPosted 4/17/2013 11:09:42 PM
CyborgSage00x0 posted...
It's not bad per se, but it's more trying to show that the value of minimum wage is arbitrary


I would agree with that. The only argument I can see defending it is that it somehow fits closely with the break even point of profits. On a corporate level, yeah that can be measured, such as Walmart because their profit margins are low due to the prices they offer. But I can't see how it can be applied to a state-wide level.
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#5Nitro378Posted 4/18/2013 3:58:55 AM
Lol at the number of anti-poor comments in that link, it looks like the neoliberal propaganda machine is working as intended.
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#6starjackersethPosted 4/18/2013 9:31:51 AM
...Was there supposed to be an argument in that paragraph?
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#7JOExHIGASHIPosted 4/18/2013 9:44:58 AM
That is a bad argument

Turning a crank for 8 hours straight is different than being a cashier or flipping burgers.

The crank is physically more strenuous so people value the work higher
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#8Evil Genius 9Posted 4/18/2013 9:51:16 AM
It's not really an argument, it's just meant to help you understand how s****y the minimum wage is. Even if it was raised to $9, you'd still only get a penny every 4 seconds instead of 5.

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#9jejasin(Topic Creator)Posted 4/18/2013 10:21:58 AM
It's a bad argument because why don't we just let the machine spit out dollars instead of pennies? People will soon realize that a lot of jobs make far less doing much harder work than turning a crank!

Oh yeah, because turning the crank on the machine isn't an actual job.
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#10starjackersethPosted 4/18/2013 10:22:43 AM
jejasin posted...


Oh yeah, because turning the crank on the machine isn't an actual job.


It used to be, but then it was outsourced.
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